Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn said they had made available
nearly $2.3 million available to 15 communities for municipal grant projects under the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program.
The program requires at least a 20 percent local match, and covers construction and scoping study projects such as replacement of a train depot roof in North Bennington, a new salt and sand shed at the town highway garage in Enosburg, stormwater projects in South Burlington, Williston and Chester, and multi-use paths, sidewalks and bicycle lanes in various towns.
The announcement said projects defined as transportation alternatives include infrastructure projects that improve non-driver access, environmental mitigation, safe routes to schools and projects for planning, designing or building boulevards and other roadways.
"Investments in infrastructure enhance commerce, facilitate tourism and travel, and foster small business growth – all of which support our efforts to grow Vermont's economy," said Scott. "While we are committed to making traditional transportation infrastructure investments, this grant program is important to help fund smaller projects that can have a big impact on local communities and support transportation alternatives like walking and biking."
Vermont's TAP committee includes representatives from the Agency of Transportation, Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Commerce and Community Development – including tourism and historic preservation, Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies, and members of the legislature.